Even Dead Needs Prayers

The Church sentences none to endless torments. She distributes announcements to proclaim that one is in paradise; she has never distributed any to pronounce that another is in hellfire.

The Rev. Father de Ravignan (1795-1858) wanted to talk about those secrets of effortlessness called into reality, as he accepted, at the hour of death. His inclination appears to have been that an extraordinary number of heathens are changed over finally, and lapse accommodated to God. There are in sure passings concealed secrets of kindness and strokes of effortlessness, where the eye of man sees just strokes of equity. By a blaze of light God here and there uncovers himself to spirits whose most noteworthy disaster was not to have known Him; and the most recent breath might be a murmur calling for exonerate, comprehended by Him who hears it, and who sounds the heart.

Marshal Exelmans (1775-1852), who was encouraged into the grave by a tumble from his steed, had disregarded the act of religion. He had guaranteed to have response to admission yet had not time to do as such. All things considered, on the specific day of his demise, a man habituated to great correspondences appeared to hear an internal voice saying: “Who can tell the degree of my benevolence? Would anyone be able to understand the profundities of the ocean, and ascertain the measure of its waters? Much will be excused to specific spirits that have stayed in numbness of much.”

How would we clarify these strokes of elegance? By the estimation of a spirit obtained by the blood of Jesus Christ and by the kindness that knows no restrictions; by some great work, almsdeed, or supplication of the delinquent amid life; by the undetectable service of the watchman blessed messenger, ever provoke to act, and ever prepared to spare his charge; by the first petitions of the fair on earth and of the holy people in paradise; yet, more than all, by the intervention of the Virgin Mary; in fine, by the supplications presented for miscreants after their demise, despite the fact that they may have given no indication of contrition. It is to the clarification of this last point I will here bind myself.

You read with joy, in the work I have quite recently referenced, those lines of the sacred religious written to comfort a ruler whose child was executed by a tumble from his carriage:

Christians underneath a law of expectation, no short of what one of confidence and love, we should persistently raise our musings from the pit of our sufferings to the statures of the endless integrity of our Savior. Up to a solitary breath of life remains, no boundary is set between the spirit and beauty. We should, thusly, dependably expectation, and make unassuming and continuing on mediation to the Lord. We can’t know to what degree it will be adequate. Extraordinary holy people and incredible Doctors have gone exceptionally far in talking about this ground-breaking adequacy of petitions for cherished spirits, whatever may have been their end. We will some time or another comprehend these inexpressible miracles of the perfect leniency, which we should never stop to conjure with the most extreme certainty. (de Ponlevoy, Life of Father de Ravignan, chaps. 10, 21.)

Since the Rev. Father de Ravignan requests to the holy people and the Doctors, I will create for you the declaration of one who was both an incredible Doctor and an extraordinary holy person.

St. John Chrysostom

The most smooth of the ecclesiastical overseers of Constantinople, while contending to demonstrate that we should not grieve our dead with overabundance, but instead help them by our petitions and works, envisions that one of his group of onlookers intrudes on him, shouting: “However I grieve this dear perished in light of the fact that he passed on a miscreant.” What is the answer of St. John Chrysostom?

Isn’t this a vain appearance? For if such be the reason for your tears, for what reason did you not attempt to change over him while he lived? What’s more, on the off chance that he truly passed on a delinquent, should you not to cheer that he can now no more increment the quantity of his wrongdoings?

You should, in any case, go to his assistance, to the extent you are capable, not with tears, but rather with petitions, supplications, aid, and forfeits. Every one of these things are to be sure not sit creations. It isn’t without need that in the heavenly puzzles we remember the dead; it isn’t vainly that we approach the special raised area with supplications for them to the Lamb who removes the wrongdoings of the world; yet by these methods is relief showered upon their spirits. In the event that Job could clean his kids by offering penance for them, what amount increasingly should He whom we present for our dead give them help?

Is it not one of God’s approaches to do great to some out of respect for other people? Let us, at that point, show ourselves anxious to help our dear perished and genuinely and perseveringly appeal to God for them. The Mass is a general appeasement by which all may benefit. In the Mass, consequently, we appeal to God for the entire universe, and we notice the dead with the saints, inquisitors, and ministers of the Church; for we are every one of the one body, however a few individuals are more celebrated than others. It might be that we can even get for our expired a total acquit through the petitions and the benefits offered for them by those in whose organization they are named. Why, at that point, would you say you are still in such melancholy? Why this dejection, these groans? May not all that good an effortlessness be gotten for him whom you have lost? (St. John Chrysostom, Homily 41 on 1 Corinthians).

Confirmation of St. Gertrude

We find, in the commended disclosures of St. Gertrude (1256-c. 1302), a precedent corroborative of this teaching and setting it in another light. A man had been educated of the demise of one of her relations in Gertrude’s essence. This individual, expecting that the expired had not passed on in a condition of beauty, demonstrated exceptionally incredible distress. She encountered such inconvenience as to energize the feeling of the holy person, who proposed to go to God for the withdrew soul.

She started by saying to our Lord: “Thou couldst have propelled me with the idea and conceded me the elegance to petition God for this spirit, without being constrained to do as such by delicacy or sympathy.”

Jesus replied: “I enjoy particular the supplications routed to me for the dead, when normal inclination is added to the altruism that renders them exemplary, and when both agree to give this work of benevolence all the wealth and flawlessness it is fit for getting.”

The abbess having a while later implored yearn for this spirit, wound up mindful of its appalling state; for it appeared to her unpleasantly disfigured, as dark as coal, and taking after a body squirming with serious torment. No spirits were, in any case, to be seen tormenting it; yet clearly its previous sins were going about as its killers.

“Master,” shouted the altruistic religious, “shrivel Thou not be appeased by my petitions and acquit this man?”

“I would, for the love of thee,” answered the Divine Savior, “have feel sorry for on this spirit, as well as on a million others.

Will thou, at that point, that I excuse him every one of his transgressions, and that I convey him from each kind of punishment?”

“Maybe,” said the holy person, “this may not be in congruity with the necessities of Thy equity.”

“It would not be conflicting with them,” included our Savior, “if thou somehow managed to approach me for it with certainty. For my perfect light, penetrating into the future, made known to me that thou would offer this supplication for him. In this way, I put great manners in his heart, to set him up for the happiness regarding the products of thy philanthropy.”

O supporting words! To begin with, by foreknowledge of our future petitions, God stoops to allow great miens to the withering delinquent that guarantee the salvation of his spirit; at that point, in light of our present supplications, He agrees to convey this spirit from each kind of punishment and to pull back it from the expiatory flares of limbo.

The last affirmation of the Savior to his virginal companion is nevertheless the specific use of a general standard. Before men could have given occasion to feel qualms about their looks down the den and have raised them to Calvary, before the Sun of Redemption had shone on this humble vale of our outcast, they could as of now be guided by its light and energized by its warmth. Why? Since God the Father, from the summit of the interminable slopes, as of now mulled over the supplications, the sufferings, the ethics, and the benefits of His solitary Son, who was to end up manifest for the salvation of the world.

It is this fact, surely knew and conveyed into training, that can best render sadness gainful of ethicalness. “For my entire life is currently in this,” said the individual who attracted my regard for the above section in the disclosures of St. Ger­trude: “Before my better half passed on, God comprehended what I ought to will improve the situation him.” She made a whole forfeit of herself; she sanctified her entire being to the Lord, taking for her adage “Supplicate, endure, act”; and the Lord supported her with the endowment of the tired poor of the earth, and the languishing spirits of limbo over her family.

Implore, at that point, and acquire petitions; God, whose leniency is high and tremendous as the sky (Ps. 35:6; 57:6 [RSV = Ps. 36:5; 57:5]), knew right when your companion or your connection was going to bite the dust what petitions you would state for him today, tomorrow, and subsequent to following the guidance contained in this page.

God Is Speaking With Us Trough Another Person

Do you ever have a minute when God talks obviously to you through someone else? I had one of those minutes as of late amid lunch with companions. As is regularly the situation, our discussion wove all through child rearing troubles and delights, to our youngsters, to what was happening in our confidence lives, to our expectations and our battles, to what was happening on the planet.

My companion, Kelly, asked me sooner or later what was new in my service. I imparted to her how there were some new solicitations seeking retreats and talking that I didn’t know whether I would state yes to or not. She stopped for a couple of moments and after that interrogated me additionally regarding my ditherings. I imparted to her my apprehensions of being before a bigger gathering of people, the inquiries I regularly get about being a more youthful lady discussing petition and otherworldliness, and my very own self-question.

She tuned in to me for a bit and after that got peaceful. At that point Kelly looked at me straight without flinching and stated, “Becky, do you know how regularly we discuss needing to get notification from somebody who is carrying on with our way of life and joining confidence into our lives, our relational unions, our work, and our child rearing? Each time we get together, our discussion swings to how we long to get notification from somebody who carries on with an actual existence as we do.”

I gestured my head in understanding. Before she talked once more, Kelly raised her finger, pointed it directly at me, and stated, “God is giving you, a lady who is carrying on with our way of life, who is hitched, who has kids, and who has your service understanding, the opportunity to talk about it, and you are thinking about turning it down? I can’t trust it.”

Her words pierced directly through my heart and made my heart skirt a beat. I solidified and sat there staggered. As I left my trance, I stammered a bit and attempted to react, however I proved unable. I understood that her words were the voice of God to me. She was correct. Ordinarily, I shared how I needed to get notification from somebody juggling the jobs I do and trying to join confidence into all parts of life. Also, truly, there were stirrings inside my heart of God bumping me to compose and talk more about how to account for God in the hecticness of life. The reality of the situation was, I figured God would ask another person, not me. Kelly’s words, however, moved everything in me and opened my eyes to see and hear what God had been attempting to address me for a considerable length of time. I knew I couldn’t overlook the solicitations previously me, regardless of whether I was hesitant to state yes.

Lunch with my companions that day helped me to remember how frequently God addresses us through individuals—somebody saying only the correct thing to confirm what God is doing inside us or what God is welcoming us to do or possibly to show us something new about God. Since Kelly’s brave words to me, I have been listening more to others I experience not exclusively to tune in for what God may state me, yet additionally for what God may show me God at work in the other individual.

Shouldn’t something be said about you? By what method may you tune in to God in other individuals?

After an experience with one of our relatives, companions, associates, or even outsiders, we can delay, turn our hearts and psyches to God and ask, “God, what went ahead in my time with this individual? How could I encounter you at this time?”

Maybe we may go to another comprehension of the other individual or ourselves. Perhaps the discussion opened our eyes to understanding a point recently. Whatever emerged in our experience with the other individual, we can stop and think of it as tuning in for God in the general population before us.

Importance of Prayer In Our Life

 

So you need to supplicate, yet you don’t know where to begin? Let me first reveal to you an anecdote about a priest who nearly suffocated a seminarian . . .

How Vital is Supplication?

There used to be a youthful seminarian beginning on his excursion toward the brotherhood. He was somewhat of a know-it-all and needed to be the best at all that he did. He caught wind of a blessed priest who was viewed as an otherworldly ace with respect to petition and examination.

The seminarian searched him out and requested that the old priest show him the majority of his privileged insights for supplication. The priest sent him away. The seminarian was unshakable and returned again soon, requesting that again take in his insider facts to supplication. The priest instructed him to return multi-week.

When he arrived the following week, the priest took him out behind the religious community to a waterway. Despite everything, he hadn’t let out the slightest peep. As they went into the water up simply past their abdomen, the seminarian became eager with the priest, who was as yet quiet.

Out of the blue, the priest got the seminarian and held his head under the water. The seminarian battled and flailed wildly, however with the quality of a bull the old priest held him under the water. As the priest let go of him, he came up wheezing for breath, humiliated, irate, and befuddled. The priest took a gander at him and stated, ‘Until the point that you implore with a similar distress that you have for air, you have not supplicated.’

A petition is as imperative to our spirit as air is to our body! We require supplication to remain associated with the God who made us on account of an arrangement. We should investigate some ways we can jump further into petition on our regular day to day existences.

The most effective method to Implore

Make proper acquaintance! At the point when a companion goes into a room, the principal thing a great many people do is make a proper acquaintance or hurl a wave or gesture. From numerous points of view, this is the start of a petition: an affirmation of God’s quality. When we stroll into a Congregation, we stoop before the sanctuary to lower ourselves while we recognize and veneration the genuine nearness of Jesus in the Eucharist inside. As you implore, regardless of whether it’s simply strolling some place amid the day, in a sanctuary or in your room, pause for a minute to recognize whose nearness you are in. ‘Stay composed, and realize that I am God’ (Songs 46:11).

Act naturally. Such huge numbers of individuals feel that blessedness is unattainable, and that to supplicate we have to resemble a statue of St. Francis with our hands collapsed devoutly. Actually, we were made to be in fellowship with God, and He wants to be involved with us. He doesn’t need you to be a duplicate of a past holy person. He made you with your own particular endowments and interests and needs to radiate through you remarkably in them. Come to him as you are and given Him a chance to change you into the holy person He needs you to be!

“Instruct us to supplicate’ (Luke 11:1). Jesus’ messengers asked Him these words, and that discussion brought about what we call the ‘Our Dad’ supplication. In the event that his own particular missionaries requested that Jesus trains them how to implore, the amount more should we request that he encourage us to supplicate! Request that Lord have mercy on you and realize that He tunes in. ‘Ask and it will be given to you; look for and you will discover; thump and the entryway will be opened to you’ (Matthew 7:7).

Hit the brakes! The world we live in today shoots us with media and commotion from each bearing throughout the day, from messaging to music to television and web. These aren’t awful things, however, an excessive amount of can be diverting from our relationship and discussion with God. “Quiet is so ailing in this world which is frequently excessively uproarious, which isn’t positive, making it impossible to memory and tuning in to the voice of God” (Pope Benedict XVI). Take 10 minutes consistently from the time you spend on Facebook or television, and utilize that opportunity to supplicate. Set God back at the focal point of your heart and psyche.

Keep it alive. A petition life that isn’t kept up resembles a lake with no water streaming in or out. It winds up dormant. There’s no oxygen coming in, and it winds up appalling. All you’ll discover is rubbish and mosquitos. No one prefers mosquitos; don’t be that individual. However, a man who develops their association with God in petition finds a vastly different picture. There is new water streaming all through the lake. It is nurturing! There are blooms and trees that develop at the edges. Your petition life will influence alternate aspects of your life.

‘Upbeat the individuals who don’t take after the direction of the fiendish, Nor go the method for miscreants, nor sit in an organization with scoffers. Or maybe, the law of the Ruler is their delight; God’s law they ponder day and night. They resemble a tree planted close floods of water, that yields its natural product in season; Its leaves never shrink; whatever they do flourishes’ (Songs 1:1-3).

Give it a chance to change you. Careful discipline brings about promising results. The whole Christian life, including a petition, is something that we need to take a shot at to wind up better at it. God can do stunning things in us through our connecting with him in petition!

‘Excellencies are shaped by supplication. Petition jelly moderation. Petition stifles outrage. Petition anticipates feelings of pride and envy. Supplication draws into the spirit of the Blessed Soul, and raises man to Paradise’ (St. Ephraem of Syria).

Simply Go Attempt!

As Catholics, we approach the most astounding type of petition each Sunday (and consistently if accessible) in the Mass, finishing with accepting Jesus Himself in the Eucharist. Discuss soul nourishment! Go into it deeper each time and tune in for God to address you in it.

You could likewise begin by supplicating the rosary. Our mom Mary is great and is the ideal model for how to love her child.

The St. Michael the Lead celestial host supplication is additionally an incredible petition to know. Satan is continually attempting to isolate us from God. St. Mike throws together on Satan. No doubt, you need that person in your group.

Petition God for your family, youth serve, clerics, future life partner, and express appreciation to God for every one of the general population He has conveyed into your life to help shape you into your identity.

I’m supplicating that in your voyage into petition you become hopelessly enamored with the God will’s identity there with you through great and awful occasions and innumerable undertakings all through whatever is left of your life. All you sacred blessed messengers and holy people, appeal to God for us!

Importance of Prayer In Our Life

 

So you need to supplicate, yet you don’t know where to begin? Let me first reveal to you an anecdote about a priest who nearly suffocated a seminarian . . .

How Vital is Supplication?

There used to be a youthful seminarian beginning on his excursion toward the brotherhood. He was somewhat of a know-it-all and needed to be the best at all that he did. He caught wind of a blessed priest who was viewed as an otherworldly ace with respect to petition and examination.

The seminarian searched him out and requested that the old priest show him the majority of his privileged insights for supplication. The priest sent him away. The seminarian was unshakable and returned again soon, requesting that again take in his insider facts to supplication. The priest instructed him to return multi-week.

When he arrived the following week, the priest took him out behind the religious community to a waterway. Despite everything, he hadn’t let out the slightest peep. As they went into the water up simply past their abdomen, the seminarian became eager with the priest, who was as yet quiet.

Out of the blue, the priest got the seminarian and held his head under the water. The seminarian battled and flailed wildly, however with the quality of a bull the old priest held him under the water. As the priest let go of him, he came up wheezing for breath, humiliated, irate, and befuddled. The priest took a gander at him and stated, ‘Until the point that you implore with a similar distress that you have for air, you have not supplicated.’

A petition is as imperative to our spirit as air is to our body! We require supplication to remain associated with the God who made us on account of an arrangement. We should investigate some ways we can jump further into petition on our regular day to day existences.

The most effective method to Implore

Make proper acquaintance! At the point when a companion goes into a room, the principal thing a great many people do is make a proper acquaintance or hurl a wave or gesture. From numerous points of view, this is the start of a petition: an affirmation of God’s quality. When we stroll into a Congregation, we stoop before the sanctuary to lower ourselves while we recognize and veneration the genuine nearness of Jesus in the Eucharist inside. As you implore, regardless of whether it’s simply strolling some place amid the day, in a sanctuary or in your room, pause for a minute to recognize whose nearness you are in. ‘Stay composed, and realize that I am God’ (Songs 46:11).

Act naturally. Such huge numbers of individuals feel that blessedness is unattainable, and that to supplicate we have to resemble a statue of St. Francis with our hands collapsed devoutly. Actually, we were made to be in fellowship with God, and He wants to be involved with us. He doesn’t need you to be a duplicate of a past holy person. He made you with your own particular endowments and interests and needs to radiate through you remarkably in them. Come to him as you are and given Him a chance to change you into the holy person He needs you to be!

“Instruct us to supplicate’ (Luke 11:1). Jesus’ messengers asked Him these words, and that discussion brought about what we call the ‘Our Dad’ supplication. In the event that his own particular missionaries requested that Jesus trains them how to implore, the amount more should we request that he encourage us to supplicate! Request that Lord have mercy on you and realize that He tunes in. ‘Ask and it will be given to you; look for and you will discover; thump and the entryway will be opened to you’ (Matthew 7:7).

Hit the brakes! The world we live in today shoots us with media and commotion from each bearing throughout the day, from messaging to music to television and web. These aren’t awful things, however, an excessive amount of can be diverting from our relationship and discussion with God. “Quiet is so ailing in this world which is frequently excessively uproarious, which isn’t positive, making it impossible to memory and tuning in to the voice of God” (Pope Benedict XVI). Take 10 minutes consistently from the time you spend on Facebook or television, and utilize that opportunity to supplicate. Set God back at the focal point of your heart and psyche.

Keep it alive. A petition life that isn’t kept up resembles a lake with no water streaming in or out. It winds up dormant. There’s no oxygen coming in, and it winds up appalling. All you’ll discover is rubbish and mosquitos. No one prefers mosquitos; don’t be that individual. However, a man who develops their association with God in petition finds a vastly different picture. There is new water streaming all through the lake. It is nurturing! There are blooms and trees that develop at the edges. Your petition life will influence alternate aspects of your life.

‘Upbeat the individuals who don’t take after the direction of the fiendish, Nor go the method for miscreants, nor sit in an organization with scoffers. Or maybe, the law of the Ruler is their delight; God’s law they ponder day and night. They resemble a tree planted close floods of water, that yields its natural product in season; Its leaves never shrink; whatever they do flourishes’ (Songs 1:1-3).

Give it a chance to change you. Careful discipline brings about promising results. The whole Christian life, including a petition, is something that we need to take a shot at to wind up better at it. God can do stunning things in us through our connecting with him in petition!

‘Excellencies are shaped by supplication. Petition jelly moderation. Petition stifles outrage. Petition anticipates feelings of pride and envy. Supplication draws into the spirit of the Blessed Soul, and raises man to Paradise’ (St. Ephraem of Syria).

Simply Go Attempt!

As Catholics, we approach the most astounding type of petition each Sunday (and consistently if accessible) in the Mass, finishing with accepting Jesus Himself in the Eucharist. Discuss soul nourishment! Go into it deeper each time and tune in for God to address you in it.

You could likewise begin by supplicating the rosary. Our mom Mary is great and is the ideal model for how to love her child.

The St. Michael the Lead celestial host supplication is additionally an incredible petition to know. Satan is continually attempting to isolate us from God. St. Mike throws together on Satan. No doubt, you need that person in your group.

Petition God for your family, youth serve, clerics, future life partner, and express appreciation to God for every one of the general population He has conveyed into your life to help shape you into your identity.

I’m supplicating that in your voyage into petition you become hopelessly enamored with the God will’s identity there with you through great and awful occasions and innumerable undertakings all through whatever is left of your life. All you sacred blessed messengers and holy people, appeal to God for us!

Christmas and Jesus

 

The word “Christmas” is from two words, “Christ” and “mass.” The word “Christmas” is not found in the Bible. The “celebration” of “Christmas” is not given in the Bible; therefore, we cannot know how to celebrate this as the birth of Jesus. Had God wanted us to celebrate His Son’s birthday, he would have told us when, where, and how it was to be done. Since He has not, it should not be hard to understand that it is not a Holy Day commanded by God and should not, therefore, be observed by New Testament Christians. It was not observed in the early church of Christ; it was not commanded by the Lord (Matt. 28:19-20); it was never instructed by the apostles, who were guided into all Truth by the Holy Spirit (Jn. 16:13). McClintock and Strong’s Cyclopedia (Vol. II, p. 276) states, “The exact year of his birth is not agreed on by chronologers, but it was about the four thousandth year of the world; nor can the precise season of the year, the month, and the day in which he was born be ascertained . . . The Egyptians placed it in JANUARY; Wagenseil in FEBRUARY; Bochart in MARCH; some, mentioned by Clement of Alexandria, in APRIL; others, in MAY; Epipohanius speaks of some who placed it in June, and others, who supposed it to have been in JULY; Wagenseil, who was not sure of February, fixed it probably in AUGUST; Lightfoot on the 15th of SEPTEMBER; Scaliger, Casubon, and Calvisius in OCTOBER; others in NOVEMBER; and the Latin Church in DECEMBER.” This diversity of views may seem strange to some, but it is the reason for the confusion in religion in general! Too many are following their human reasoning. Too many simply refuse to follow the Bible (II Tim. 3:16- 17; Matt. 28:20; Col. 3:17). Christians have no more authority to observe Christmas as a religious holy day than to use hot dogs on the Lord’s table or mechanical instrumental music in New Testament worship (I Cor. 11:23-29; Eph. 5:19). On the other hand, Christians can enjoy national holidays, but not as HOLY DAYS. The gathering of families, the serving of meals, and the giving of gifts is not wrong on this day any more than any other. The English language is a living language, which is constantly changing. For example, the days of the week used to carry a pagan or religious significance, which they do not carry today. “Sun-day” does not carry a religious meaning to us today as it once did, along with all names of the days of the week. To use the word Christmas in reference to a national holiday today does not connote the celebrating of the Lord’s birthday nor have the same significance as in its beginning usage. It is not wrong, therefore, to use the term in speaking about a national holiday.

“How can I say no?” my mom asked, “You wouldn’t love me anymore.”

 

 

My mother and I had recently experienced a small but significant breakthrough in our relationship after 11 years of dissent and contempt.

Throughout my entire childhood, I had always been on Mom’s team. Dad was seen as the enemy. Although Mom first recruited me to her side as a playful gesture, she eventually sought me as her actual teammate during her fights with Dad.

But Mom was also on my team. That meant that I got to have everything I wanted: scooters, bikes, expensive food, and phone-after-phone-after-phone. Even when Dad passed away and my relationship with Mom turned sour, her giving and sacrifice never ceased. In fact, it doubled and tripled—especially after a bad fight. I don’t think I ever heard her say the word, “No,” even when she was deeply unhappy about something. This was the usual pattern: I’d ask for something superficial (whether it’s new clothes or going to the mall), she would make a face of disapproval, grab her keys, and drive recklessly to wherever I wanted to go to express her disapproval. But she wouldn’t say, “No.” She thought that having no personal boundaries meant being sacrificial and loving.

I learned later on that her definition of love meant giving ceaselessly, even out of bitterness. She allowed other people to invade her boundaries because she feared that communicating her needs would make people love her less. She loved me, but her motivation wasn’t love. It was fear. She grew up thinking that her worth rested firmly in the hands of others—not herself and certainly not God. As a result, she often felt out of control and had frequent breakdowns because she didn’t understand her own self-worth and couldn’t protect her own limits.

Pretty soon after my dad passed away, Mom labeled me as, “The disobedient girl your dad warned me about.” I was suddenly no longer on Mom’s team—I was the enemy. Yet, I still got everything I wanted because my mother couldn’t say, “No.” She only threatened to kill me and then kill herself whenever she reached her limit. If this was what I thought of love, no wonder why my self-worth diminished by the time I reached 10th grade!

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“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him” (1 John 3:1).

I love that John’s letter begins with the reminder of our intrinsic worth as God’s children. I learned this immediately after coming to faith, but I hadn’t internalized it until recently. God had been working on restoring my sense of worth for the longest time. He knew that it was damaged, even though I tried tirelessly to convince myself that my self-worth was fine and I didn’t need any useless reminders.

At that time, I didn’t recognize what was in my ‘well’ of worthiness. My well contained my accomplishments (I was a fresh Berkeley graduate), my handsome and meek boyfriend, my financial freedom, and my seemingly bright and successful future. Since all of those things made me feel worthy, I naturally lost myself when all of it came to a screeching halt. My Berkeley education couldn’t get me a high-paying job, my financial freedom was compromised, my sweet and meek boyfriend became traumatized and defensive, and my future seemed as uncertain as ever. I was so unhappy with life that I thought even God had abandoned me. Well played, life.

When I lost every treasure in my well of worthiness, I slowly became unhinged. My inherited lack of boundaries began to show. I controlled other people but I couldn’t control myself. My anxiety and depression spiraled out of whack, and I landed in the mental hospital for 72 hours on suicide watch. Never did I understand my mom’s anxiety so well until my own self-worth collapsed.

Since then, the Lord had been patiently and sweetly helping me heal by reconstructing my well of worthiness. I slowly surrendered to Him the breakable, temporary things I once held onto so tightly, one by one, as I learned to trust Him. I imagine the process looking something like a little girl handing over to her father her secret stash of treats, one candy at a time, even though she really, really wanted them. Full-blown tantrums included. Still, the treats gave her cavities, so she decided to hand them over to her wise parent albeit reluctantly. What happens when the little girl handed over her last treat?

She didn’t get a broccoli in return. She got a huge hug and a, “I’m so proud of you!” from her father. I’m currently at the hugging stage and it feels amazing. I wouldn’t trade another treat in the world for my heavenly Father—especially when both of us endured so much to get to this point.

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I love how patient God is with me. I wasn’t forced to empty out my well, even though I could imagine how frustrating it must’ve been for Him to see me stumble over my own naivety. God pursued me for years before I finally gave up and trusted Him. Similarly, He’s not going to control you like a robot. He will wait patiently until you realize that the things that currently compete for your self-worth aren’t even worthy for that position.

Little by little, God restored Himself to His rightful place in my life. My accomplishments, relationships, success, and future hopes and dreams now pale in comparison to how happy I am to be loved by God. I was tested again yesterday when I felt hurt by someone who was previously at the center of my well of worthiness. Before, I would’ve felt betrayed, enraged, and unworthy, but yesterday, I immediately remembered who was in my well. Surprise: not this person! The only person who belongs in my well of worthiness is God. It doesn’t matter what other people think of me because my self-worth is in what God thinks of me, and I’m pretty sure that He thinks I’m adorable!

That settled it. I felt joy bubbling from within so I took a stroll down Brand Blvd to soak in my newfound source of confidence—my heavenly Father beaming down from above.

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So, I want to ask you this today: What is inside your well of worthiness? Is it your ambitions, accomplishments, go-getter attitude, or optimism? Is it your boyfriend, girlfriend, children, parents, friends, or bosses?

All of these relationships and ambitions are inherently good, but when they get dropped into your well of worthiness (either on accident or on purpose), they become the very thing that defines you. And let me tell you something sad: one day, that thing might just disappoint you, and you will be left in pieces because you’ve literally lost the very source of your identity.

No one was designed to give you your identity except for God. Your well is eternal. Nothing in this world can fill it up and make you feel truly fulfilled. Even if you’re happy with what’s in your well right now, it’s not immovable. Life will happen and people will change. Allow God to empty your current well of worthiness and fill it with Himself. Only then will you be able to experience lasting joy and peace even in the midst of trials.

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It’s also important to note that there aren’t any layers to our wells. Something is either in or out. There shouldn’t be any room for anyone else, besides God, to occupy this well. The human heart is such that as soon as we allow something to define our sense of worth, it overshadows what God thinks about us and we become paralyzed with the fear of losing our self-worth. Our breakdowns, insecurities, and unhealthy entitlements all result from putting the wrong things in our wells.

If the only thing in your well is God, you can always be sure of your self-worth because His love for you isn’t subjected to circumstances or moods. His love for you is unchanging. You’ll find it easier to empty out your well and surrender it to Him once you discover that He is trustworthy. Can I say a prayer for you? Let’s retreat into a quiet corner, away from all the noise. Take a deep breath. Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father,

 There’s nothing I want more than for us to experience peace, joy, and freedom in your name. Please help us to empty out our wells and fill it up with yourself. Inhabit our identities and give us full confidence in you. Lord, you are so good and you know our needs before we even realize it. Please continue to pursue us all the days of our lives. We want to get to know you more and fall deeper in love with you. Grant us healing and wholeness, in your name! Amen!

Thanksgiving Day

 

This month we will all delay and watch a day our country puts aside as an occasion. It is “Thanksgiving Day.” Hopefully all Americans will interruption to recollect exactly how appreciative they ought to be for the benefits and gifts managed us. It is far fetched that will happen as a result of the chose move in the direction of mainstream humanism our legislature and society has taken.

It hasn’t generally been that way. In 1863, a respectable statesman from Kentucky composed the fol­lowing Thanksgiving Proclamation. Abraham Lincoln composed:

It is the obligation of countries and of man to claim their reliance upon the overruling energy of God; to admit their wrongdoings and transgressions in humble distress, yet with guaranteed trust that certified atonement will prompt leniency and exonerate; and to perceive the magnificent truth, declared in the Holy Scriptures and demonstrated by all history, that those countries are honored whose God is the Lord.

We realize that by His heavenly law, countries, similar to people, are subjected to pun­ishments and rebukes in this world. May we not evenhandedly expect that the terrible calam­ity of common war which now devastates the land might be a discipline incurred upon us for our pretentious sins, to the needful end of our national reorganization all in all individuals?

We have been the beneficiaries of the choicest bounties of paradise; we have been saved these numerous years in peace and flourishing; we have developed in numbers, riches and influence as no other country has ever developed.

In any case, we have overlooked God. We have overlooked the thoughtful hand which saved us in peace and increased and improved and reinforced us, and we have vainly envisioned, in the misdirection of our souls, that every one of these endowments were pro­duced by some predominant insight and uprightness of our own. Inebriated with unbroken suc­cess, we have turned out to be excessively independent, making it impossible to feel the need of reclaiming and saving effortlessness, excessively pleased, making it impossible to implore the God that made us.

It has appeared to me fit and legitimate that God ought to be gravely, respectfully and appreciatively recognized, as with one heart and one voice, by the entire American individuals. I do hence welcome my kindred residents in all aspects of the United States, and furthermore the individuals who are adrift and the individuals who are visiting in remote grounds, to separate and watch the last Thursday of November, a day of Thanksgiving and acclaim to our valuable Father Who dwelleth in the sky. — A. Lincoln, 1863

What a pity that men who manage our legislature and men who significantly impact the ethical quality of our general public today don’t have the notions communicated by one of the best pioneers this country at any point created.

Give us a chance to be appreciative consistently, and particularly this period of the year. When we assemble as families on Thanksgiving Day, let us be really grateful for the generosity God has extravagantly spilled out on us.

 

Love the Bible

 

 

The Bible is a closed book to many in the world today. However, the Bible makes it evident that we cannot please God without “the faith” (or system) that comes by hearing the Word of God (Rom. 10:17; Jude 3). Why else would the Word of God be given, if man could save himself without hearing the Gospel? The Hebrew writer wrote, “But without faith [in the Truth, GC], it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God [in obedient faith, GC] must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Heb. 11:6). Many today deny that God exists; rather, they say that man is god and should, therefore, live as he pleases instead of living as God pleases. Atheists, evolutionists, infidels, liberals, and free thinkers think that they have no reason to believe the Bible or that the God of Heaven exists. Of course, they are wrong and, furthermore, are without excuse. Paul wrote to the Roman brethren, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20). His attributes are clearly understood by those things that are made! Only a fool can look at the world around us and deny that a great mind and a creator made them (Ps. 14:1). “For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God” (Heb. 3:4).

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The Suffering Servant (Part 1)

 

 

The 53rd section of Isaiah has frequently been known as the “Agony Servant” entry. It is the fourth in a progression of entries managing “the Servant” or “the Servant of the Lord.” The gospel scholars recognize Jesus of Nazareth as satisfying these verses. From these sections in Isaiah we are given a perspective of His life and character in the times of His substance, His delicacy and in addition His energy, and the considerable deliverance He would bring, for the Jews, as well as for all the world.

Isaiah started his service around 740 B.C. furthermore, finished in 680 B.C. God, through Isaiah, gives us an unmistakable picture of what was to happen, in the prompt future for Israel, as well as how He would bring the Messiah, His “Affliction Servant,” into the world and enable Him to be relinquished for the wrongdoings of the world.

Sections 40 through 66 of Isaiah examine the Babylonian imprisonment and the purposes behind it, lastly the rebuilding from it. In any case, there would have been a more prominent deliverance than that from Babylon, and there would be a more prominent “savior” than Cyrus, the lord of Persia.

Isaiah 53 is one of the best-cherished sections of Scripture. It was this very entry that made the Ethiopian ask of Philip, “of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” (Acts 8:34). Philip started at Isaiah 53 and “lectured Jesus to him” (Acts 8:35).

We have to call attention to that the Suffering Servant of Isaiah 53 is presented before in the book of Isaiah, and is said in four separate areas of the book. In this article, we will inspect each of the four areas of Isaiah which manage the Suffering Servant.

The Servant Has A Mission

“See! My Servant whom I maintain, My Elect One in whom My spirit delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will deliver equity to the Gentiles. He won’t shout out, nor raise His voice, nor make His voice be heard in the road. A wounded reed He won’t break, and smoking flax He won’t extinguish; He will deliver equity for truth. He won’t fizzle nor be demoralized, Till He has set up equity in the earth; and the coastlands might sit tight for His law.” (Isa. 42:1-4).

Who is it that God maintains, picks, takes pleasure in and gives His Spirit to? A hireling! God rejects despots and overlords and picks a hireling! At the point when the Pharisees consulted Jesus with a specific end goal to devastate him, the hoards took after our Lord and He recuperated them. Matthew straightforwardly connected these verses to Christ, saying the healings were played out “that it may be satisfied which was talked by Isaiah the prophet” (Matt. 12:15-21).

We see in Isaiah 42:1 that the Servant was to be picked by God – not simply anybody could play out this assignment. God would get a kick out of this One. We review the expressions of the Father at the sanctification of Jesus, “This is My adored Son, in whom I am very much satisfied” (Matt. 3:17). Once more, at the transfiguration of Jesus, we hear the Father say, “This is My darling Son, in whom I am very much satisfied. Hear Him!” (Matt. 17:5).

One exhibition of the joy the Father would have in Him was the happening to the Holy Spirit upon His Servant. This was satisfied at the immersion of our Lord. John the Baptist gave testimony this and stated, “I saw the Spirit plummeting from paradise like a pigeon, and He stayed upon Him. I didn’t have any acquaintance with Him, however He who sent me to purify through water with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit diving, and staying on Him, this is He who sanctifies through water with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and affirmed this is the Son of God.” (John 1:32-34). Jesus Himself stated, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, since He has blessed Me to lecture the gospel to poor people. He has sent Me to recuperate the beaten down, to lecture deliverance to the prisoners and recuperation of sight to the visually impaired, to set at freedom the individuals who are mistreated, to lecture the satisfactory year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).

The Suffering Servant of Isaiah 42:2 stands in sharp diverge from common victors – His mien is not quite the same as that of conventional men. Jesus did not go into rough debate with false educators, but instead utilized the energy of words and reason. Indeed, even His foes needed to concede, “No man at any point talked like this Man” (John 7:46).

Christ would have feel sorry for on their low home (Isa. 42:3). Matthew reveals to us that when Jesus “saw the hoards, He was moved with sympathy for them, since they were fatigued and scattered, similar to sheep having no shepherd” (Matt. 9:36). The Servant of the Lord would not smash men, nor extinguish their soul. He would not tie loads hard to tolerate (Matt. 23:4; Acts 15:5, 10). In perspective of these words we need to review the kind and delicate welcome of our Savior to delinquents (Matt. 11:28-30).

Isaiah 42:4 additionally contains a suggested trouble, i.e., the likelihood of the Suffering Servant becoming powerless (Isa. 42:4).

His main goal is to the “coastlands” or the “islands” (Isa. 42:4), “and in His name Gentiles will put stock in” (Matt. 12:21). The kingdom of Cyrus was constrained to one segment of the earth. The Law of Moses was for the country of Israel alone. The Suffering Servant would be of advantage to all humankind.

The Servant Has Great Difficulties In His Mission

“Tune in, O coastlands, to Me, and notice, you people groups from a remote place! The Lord has called Me from the womb; from the lattice of My mom He has talked about My name. What’s more, He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand He has concealed Me, and made Me a cleaned shaft; in His quiver He has shrouded Me. What’s more, He said to me, ‘You are My hireling, O Israel, in whom I will be celebrated.’ Then I stated, ‘I have toiled futile, I have spent my quality to no end and futile; yet most likely my simply reward is with the Lord, and my work with my God.’ And now the Lord says, Who framed Me from the womb to be His Servant, to take Jacob back to Him, so Israel is assembled to Him (for I might be superb according to the Lord, and My God should be My quality), Indeed He says, ‘It is too little a thing that You ought to be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to reestablish the protected ones of Israel; I will likewise give You as a light to the Gentiles, that You ought to be My salvation to the finishes of the earth.’ Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, their Holy One, to Him whom man detests, to Him whom the country hates, to the Servant of rulers: ‘Rulers might see and emerge, Princes additionally should venerate, as a result of the Lord who is loyal, the Holy One of Israel; and He has picked You.'” (Isa. 49:1-7).

The Servant is the speaker in these verses, yet He didn’t take this obligation upon Himself – the Lord called Him into this administration. Once more, the Gentiles are welcome to tune in (Isa. 49:1). The Lord knew His Servant from His mom’s womb – this guidelines out the likelihood of the Servant being the country of Israel.

The Servant was to “reestablish the protected ones of Israel” (Isa. 49:6). Saul of Tarsus who was among this exemplary leftover of Israel (Rom. 9:1-8; 11:1-5).

In satisfaction of the expressions of Isaiah, Christ turned into a light to the Gentiles. “The place that is known for Zebulun and the place that is known for Naphtali, the method for the ocean, past the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: the general population who sat in dimness saw an extraordinary light, and upon the individuals who sat in the area and shadow of death light has unfolded” (Matt. 4:15-16; cf. Isa. 9:1-2). After Paul had been dismisses by the Jews in Antioch of Pisidia, he stated, “It was vital that the expression of God ought to be addressed you first; however since you dismiss it, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, view, we swing to the Gentiles” (Acts 13:46).

Jesus told the Syro-Phoenician lady that He had been sent to the “lost sheep of the place of Israel” (Matt. 15:22-24). At the point when the pupils were conveyed on the Limited Commission they were advised not to go to the Gentiles (Matt. 10:5-6). In any case, in the Great Commission the missionaries were sent to all countries of the earth (Matt. 28:19).

The Servant Will Suffer

“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the realized, that I ought to know how to talk a word in season to him who is tired. He stirs Me morning by morning, He stirs My ear to hear as the educated. The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not insubordinate, nor did I dismiss. I gave My back to the individuals who struck Me, and My cheeks to the individuals who culled out the whiskers; I didn’t conceal My face from disgrace and spitting. For the Lord God will help Me; along these lines I won’t be disrespected; in this way I have set My face like a stone, and I realize that I won’t be embarrassed. He is close who legitimizes Me; Who will fight with Me? Give us a chance to stand together. Who is My enemy? Give him a chance to draw close to Me. Without a doubt the Lord God will help Me; who is he who will denounce Me? In fact they will all develop old like a piece of clothing; the moth will gobble them up.” (Isa. 50:4-9).

The particular predictions of Isaiah 50:4-9 were satisfied by Christ when Pilate “conveyed Him to be killed” (Matt. 27:26).

Hirelings of God have dependably experienced issues satisfying their main goal. The Suffering Servant would not escape from His work as Jonah did (Isa. 50:5; Jonah 1:3). We hear our Lord tell those in the primary century, “Favored are the individuals who are mistreated for nobility’s purpose, For theirs is the kingdom of paradise. Favored are you when they censure and mistreat you, and say a wide range of malice against you dishonestly for My purpose. Cheer and be exceedingly happy, for incredible is your reward in paradise, for so they aggrieved the prophets who were before you.” (Matt. 5:10-12).

The striking dialect of Isaiah 50:6 brings to mind the anguish of our Lord before His excursion to the cross, where His back was given to the smiters and where evil men culled the facial hair from off His face (Matt. 26:67-68; 27:26-31).

Christ’s Triumphal Entry Into Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

On the Sunday before His death on the cross, Jesus entered the city of Jerusalem. Great multitudes of people took palm branches and went out to meet Him, while crying out “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The king of Israel!” (John 12:12-13). In order to fully understand this passage, we must realize how excited the crowd was. They had come to Jerusalem for the Passover, and along the way had heard about Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.

National feelings were always high during Jewish feast days. On this occasion the crowds were like dry kindling, ready to blaze up, and Lazarus was a match. The Jewish rulers had already decided to kill Lazarus “because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus” (John 12:11).

“At such a time Jerusalem and the villages round about were crowded. On one occasion a census was taken of the lambs slain at the Passover Feast. The number was given as 256,000. There had to be a minimum of ten people per lamb; and if that estimate is correct it means that there must have been as many as 2,700,000 people at that Passover Feast.” (William Barclay, Commentary on John, p. 115).

Try to picture in your mind the Jews streaming into Bethany to gaze at a risen man and the Messiah they had longed for (John 12:9).

As the jubilant crowds welcomed Christ into the city, they waved palm branches — a symbol of victory and rejoicing. The crowds also shouted, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of Jehovah,” a chant taken from Psalms 118:26. In that Psalm the phrase, “he that cometh in the name of Jehovah” meant the worshipper drawing near the temple. The added the words, “King of Israel,” diverted the expression to Jesus. “Hosanna” is from a Hebrew word which means “save we pray.”

William Barclay said of this Psalm: “Further, this was characteristically the conqueror’s psalm. To take but one instance, these very verses were sung and shouted by the Jerusalem crowd when the welcomed back Simon Maccabaeus after he had conquered Acra and wrested it from Syrian dominion more than a hundred years before. There is no doubt that when the people sang this psalm they were looking on Jesus as God’s Anointed One, the Messiah, the Deliverer, the One who was to come. And there is no doubt that they were looking on him as the Conqueror. To them it must have been only a matter of time until the trumpets rang out and call to arms sounded and the Jewish nation swept to its long delayed victory over Rome and the world. Jesus approached Jerusalem with the shout of the mob hailing a conqueror in his ears — and it must have hurt him, for they were looking in him for that very thing which he refused to be.” (Commentary on John, p. 117).

Earlier in His ministry Jesus had pulled back from the crowds and on one occasion “when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to a mountain by Himself alone” (John 6:15). He had sought every possible way to avoid publicity (John 5:13; Mark 3:1-12; Mark 5:35-43; Mark 9:2-9). Now, Jesus deliberately sets Himself to intensify the excitement of the crowd.

Jesus chose to ride into Jerusalem on a donkey, which was a fulfillment of Messianic prophecy. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey.” (Zech. 9:9).

The scene presents an interesting contrast between Jesus and the Zealots. The Zealots were ready for a hand to hand fight with Rome, while Jesus chose a slow paced donkey to bear Him into the city.

“With us the ass is lowly and despised; but in the East it was a noble animal. Jair, the Judge, had thirty sons who rode on asses’ colts (Judges 10:4). Ahithopel rode upon an ass (2 Samuel 17:23). Mephi-bosheth, the royal prince, the son of Saul, came to David riding upon an ass (2 Samuel 19:26). The point is that a king came riding upon a horse when he was bent on war; he came riding upon an ass when he was coming in peace. This action of Jesus is a sign that he was not the warrior figure men dreamed of, but the Prince of Peace. No one saw it that way at that time, not even the disciples, who should have known so much better. The minds of all were filled with a kind of mob hysteria. Here was the one who was to come. But they looked for the Messiah of their own dreams and their own wishful thinking; they did not look for the Messiah whom God had sent. Jesus drew a dramatic picture of what he claimed to be, but none understood the claim.” (William Barclay, Commentary on John, p. 118).

To help us further appreciate our Lord’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem, let us notice how a victorious Roman general would receive an official “triumph” parade upon his return to Rome. “Only those were eligible for it who had won a campaign in which 5000 of the enemy had been slain; the unfortunate commander who had won with less slaughter received merely an ovation — for him no ox was sacrificed, but only a sheep (ovis). The procession formed outside the city, at whose borders the general and his troops were required to lay down their arms; thence it entered through a triumphal arch that set a fashion for a thousand monuments. Trumpeters led the march; after them came towers or floats representing the captured cities, and pictures showing the exploits of the victors; then wagons rumbled by, heavy with gold, silver, works of art, and other spoils. Marcellus’ triumph was memorable for the stolen statuary of Syracuse (212); Scipio Africanus in 207 displayed 14,000 and, in 202, 123,000 pounds of silver taken from Spain and Carthage. Seventy white oxen followed, walking philosophically to their death; then the captured chiefs of the enemy; then lictors, harpers, pipers, and incense-bearers; then, in a flamboyant chariot, the general himself, wearing a purple toga and a crown of gold, and bearing an ivory scepter and a laurel branch as emblems of victory and the insignia of Jove. In the chariot with him might be his children; beside it rode his relatives; behind them his secretaries and aides. Last came the soldiers, some carrying the prizes awarded them, every one wearing a crown; some praising their leaders, others deriding them; for it was an inviolable tradition that on these brief occasions the speech of the army should be free and unpunished, to remind the proud victors of their fallible mortality. The general mounted the Capitol to the Temple of Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva, laid his loot at the feet of the gods, presented an animal in sacrifice, and usually ordered the captive chieftains to be slain as an additional thank-offering. It was a ceremony well designed to stir military ambition and reward military effort; for man’s vanity yields only to hunger and love.” (Will Durant, Caesar And Christ, pp. 82-83).

Brother J. W. McGarvey observed: “It has been the custom of all lands to bestrew in some manner the pathway of those who are thought worthy of the highest honor. When Lafayette visited our fathers after the Revolution the roads over which he approached our cities were strewn with flowers. Thus over flowers Alexander entered Babylon, and Xerxes crossed the bridge of Hellespont over a myrtle-strewn pathway. Monier tells of a Persian ruler who in modern times made his honored progress over a road covered for three miles with roses. But it is more natural to contrast the entry of Jesus with the Roman triumphs so popular in that day. The wealth of conquered kingdoms was expended to insure their magnificence. We find none of that tinsel and specious glitter in the triumph of Christ. No hired multitudes applaud him; no gold-braided banners wave in his honor. There is nothing here but the lusty, honest shout of the common people, and the swaying of the God-made banners of the royal palms. The rich in purse, the learned in schoolcraft and the high in office were, as usual, not there.” (The Fourfold Gospel, pp. 576-577).

The entry of Christ into the city of Jerusalem was not only a literal fulfillment of prophecy, but it was a demonstration of the nature of His kingdom (John 18:36). The Prince of Peace entered the city of David while riding upon a donkey, not upon a horse as if ready for war.

A few days after His entry into Jerusalem, the tide of public opinion would turn against Christ. Our Savior knew this would happen, for on the day of His entry into Jerusalem He said, “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself” (John 12:32). John tells us that Jesus said these words “signifying by what death He would die” (John 12:33).

Some of the same people who had cut down palm branches to welcome the Son of God into their city would soon stand in front of Pilate’s judgment hall and cry out for the death of the Lamb of God.

The apostle John records the scene as Pilate presents the innocent Jesus to a stirred-up Jewish mob. “Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, ‘Behold your King!’ But they cried out, ‘Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!’ Pilate said to them, ‘Shall I crucify your King?’ The chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar!’ So he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.” (John 19:14-16).